Pewabic Pottery takes important first step in campus expansion

Pewabic Pottery has begin demolition on a vacant four-story apartment building adjacent to its E. Jefferson head-quarters that will permit the organization to construct a new clay studio building.

The Pembroke was acquired in 2005 and was initially evaluated for reuse before the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture's analysis determined the building was too large for the planned studio.

The Architectural Salvage Warehouse of Detroit deconstructed the building in order to reuse portions of it. The total cost, including hazardous material disposal, site preparation, fencing and landscaping is $190,000.

Executive director Terese Ireland called the demolition "an important milestone for Pewabic," as it will open up a sight line to the organization's National Historic Landmark building from the west.

Ireland estimates that the execution of entire master plan, which includes renovation of Pewabic's current building and construction of the clay studio, will cost more than $10 million and will require a multi-year capital campaign.
The expanded campus has become necessary to accommodate Pewabic's  the 55,000 visitors and 9,000-plus students who come there annually.

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Source: Terese Ireland, Pewabic Pottery
Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh